The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Opinion

August 11, 2012

Relay For Life: A true community success

CLINTON — There are never words to truly describe what it feels like to participate in a Relay For Life, and this year was no different. 

August 4, Relay teams from across the county gathered together at the Camanche High School track for a day of celebration, remembrance, and fighting back against a disease that touches so many people.  

Volunteers arrived with the sun to begin setting up luminaria bags decorated by loved ones to serve as a small token of remembrance or celebration for someone who has had cancer. 

By mid-morning each and every volunteer was exhausted from the heat, but that wasn’t enough to slow down the committed folks of Clinton County who worked tirelessly over the last year to create this community event. 

Then the news broke that the day would be filled with storms and severe weather.  Everything that had already been done, needed to be recreated inside the school building where the participants could take shelter.

“Those willing and able jumped to help move luminaria bags, auction items, Relay decorations, and people to the inside of the building. The community response was incredible, and truly showed the dedication and compassion from the people of Clinton County,” said volunteer Nancy Rockwell, committee member of the 2012 Relay. 

Just before the storm hit, everything was inside and everyone was safe. The evening continued as planned with fun and entertainment, a survivor dinner and celebration, and remembrance ceremony.

This was just one example of this community of contributors. 

Clinton County is filled with considerate, kindhearted people who are committed to a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Teams, sponsors, and donors too numerous to mention collaborated to give over $119,000 to the American Cancer Society Relay For Life! 

Throughout the last year, teams have fundraised in hopes of raising hundreds and thousands of dollars to give. Volunteers have planned and asked for donations to make this day a success. 

For all of this, on behalf of the American Cancer Society, I say thank you! However those words cannot express the true gratitude I feel toward Clinton County. This is a community of givers who collaborate and contribute without hesitation. 

I look forward to many years of working with this passionate community. 

Lastly, thank you again, Clinton County, for everything you have done to make Relay For Life a tremendous success. Your community acts, responds, and consistently performs to create success in each and every endeavor. 

Jen Beck,

Community Relations Representative for Clinton County

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